DuPage Medical Group, Humana care center joint venture
Thursday, January 03, 2013 5:13 AM
CHICAGO - DuPage Medical Group and Humana Inc. launched a new partnership in opening BreakThrough Care Center, a comprehensive, holistic outpatient clinic serving seniors struggling with chronic disease.
Two BreakThrough Care Centers opened in Lombard and Naperville. Led by veteran DMG physicians Dr. Richard Krouse and Dr. Brian O'Leary, the clinics will focus on seniors suffering from complex, chronic conditions with the goal of increasing their quality of life, reducing hospitalizations and decreasing costs.
Each BreakThrough Care Center will include an RN, health coaches, nutritionists, medication therapy management, physical therapists and social services resources.
"DuPage Medical Group is proud to join with Humana in creating this unique clinical care model for our patients who are in most need," says DuPage Medical Group CEO Mike Kasper. "Through this endeavor, our physicians can offer patients critical services they need to better manage chronic illnesses like COPD and diabetes. BreakThrough Care Center represents DuPage Medical Group's mission of serving our patients at every level."
To qualify for treatment at BreakThrough Care Centers, patients must meet certain health criteria and be referred by a DMG or Edward Medical Group physician. DMG's BreakThrough Care Centers enhance the partnership between DMG and Edward to improve the quality of health care in the western and southwestern suburbs of Chicago delivering value through quality, access and efficiency.
Patients primarily will be Humana Medicare Advantage plan members with chronic or complex conditions, though other patients might be accepted based on referrals.
"Access to affordable, quality care is often a struggle for chronically ill seniors," said Tim O'Rourke, President of Humana's Great Lakes Medicare region. "With BreakThrough Care Center, our goal is to improve the quality of life for those members by providing them with the specialized, coordinated care they need. Humana has a history of developing innovative health care solutions, and we're proud to be a part of this new type of care model in DuPage County."
Humana will open two new Humana Guidance Centers as part of each BreakThrough Care Center. The centers will be open to the public, offering social activities, educational classes and wellness resources for seniors.